Sunday, December 29, 2013

2013 in Review: Ed Emery campaign contributors pay ALEC fees

(From July 2013)

Education has never been the strong suit of Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, at least not if it is public education.

His campaign contributors, however, are paying for Emery's education, according to his campaign disclosure form filed Wednesday with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Emery listed $475 for "education" being paid to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the shadowy right wing group that prepares ready-made bills for legislators on everything from public education (ALEC is a pro-voucher, anti-teacher organization) to guns (ALEC has been responsible for such cookie cutter bills as the unnecessary Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground bills that have opened the doors to frontier justice).

The payment to ALEC was made June 4, according to the report.

Emery reported no contributions for the past three months and spent $5,137.72, leaving him with $36,097.33 in the bank.

Emery's biggest expenditure, $1,000, was a contribution to the Romine for Senate campaign. He also gave $700 to the successful Congressional campaign of Jason Smith.

Emery's contributions also included $250 to the Raymore-Peculiar Public Schools for a math scholarship.

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